James Taylor Cancels Philippines Concert; Protests President's Drug Crackdown
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:59:39
James Taylor has cancelled an upcoming concert in the Philippines. The legendary singer-songwriter is opposing President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on suspected drug offenders, and while he apologizes to his "Filipino Friends" he reassures fans in other countries on his scheduled tour, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand that he will be appearing as promised.
Human rights watchdogs report that Duterte's highly unorthodox campaign against illegal drugs has left over six thousand people dead. A report in the New York Times followed the story of Duterte's anti-drug policy with an extensive photo essay. The essay was titled "They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals" and documented 57 homicides in just 35 days. Allegedly many of these homicides are carried out by police officers who kill drug offenders without a chance of fair trial or legal proceedings.
James Taylor took to Twitter to make the announcement that he will not appear at Manila's Mall Of Asia Arena on 2/25.The musician, who battled heroin addiction in the '80s, condemned the reprehensible actions of Duterte in a short, but heartfelt post in which he said, "The scourge of addiction is a worldwide problem that does serious harm, not only to the addict but to our society. For a sovereign nation to prosecute and punish, under the law, those responsible for the illegal trade in drugs is, of course, understandable, even commendable; but recent reports from the Philippines of summary executions of suspected offenders without trial or judicial process are deeply concerning and unacceptable to anyone who loves the rule of law".
Read the full statement:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff